Chinese Word: 普通话 pǔtōnghuà — Mandarin (Chinese)


The Mandarin Chinese word for “Mandarin (Chinese)” is 普通话 — Pǔtōnghuà.

普通 Pǔtōng – common

话 huà – words, (tongue)

Together: the common tongue, which is Mandarin

Here are some examples of how to use this word:

  • 我不会说普通话 Wǒ bú huì shuō pǔtōnghuà – I can’t speak Mandarin
  • 你普通话说得很好! Nǐ pǔtōnghuà shuō dé hěn hǎo! – Your Mandarin (speaking) is very good!
  • 普通话很难 Pǔtōnghuà hěn nán – Mandarin is hard

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